Wolf hunting season may be over, but some are advocating for a higher target number. Only 43 wolves are allowed to be harvested in the Upper Peninsula at the rate of one wolf per person per year. So far 24 wolves have been harvested as of January 1st 2014 according to Michigan.gov. By raising the target number for wolves to be killed, we risk placing the Grey wolf back on the Endangered Species list.
There has already been a considerable drop in the numbers of wolf sightings. While grey wolves were removed from the endangered species list in 2011, there’s a good chance that it won’t stay off of the list for long now that the hunting of them has become legal. The limits to wolf hunting must be followed closely to prevent them from becoming endangered again.
The harvest must be reported over the phone on the day the wolf was hunted. Those who are licensed are required to check in daily to see if any Wolf Management Units are closed. Wolf harvesting must also cease once the target number is reached or once wolf hunting season is over which as of 2013 ran from November 15th to December 31st.
It is of the utmost important to adhere to the limits placed my Michigan’s government. Rules are imposed for a reason. Risking the extinction of yet another animal for the sake of sport is a bad look for this generation’s hunters.
By Diamond Jones